From the outside the hotel looks stunning, slightly set back from the road (unlike most) with gardens and seating in relative privacy. At the back of the hotel the gardens have seating in sun or shade then a decent sized pool surrounded by sun loungers, all served by an excellent bar. Inside the grandness and scale of the place continues everywhere, marble flooring, very high ceilings and many ornate features. Our room was very comfortable with an excellent bathroom and balcony. Huge range available at breakfast: breads, pastries, cooked, fresh fruit, meat cheeses, everything you could ever want. Dinner was usually in a covered area outside and always a variety of tasty salads to start and stunning puddings. Good options for the other two courses. As most guests went for dinner around 8pm it meant service was a bit slow at times. The greatest asset of the hotel is the staff - they are warm, friendly, welcoming, helpful, smiling, unobtrusive, always there when you want help or advice.
Cycles are available for hire from the hotel and lots of other outlets, and as the resort and surrounding area is so flat, exploring the pine woods, the town or nearby villages, is very easy and safe. Lots of cycle lanes but if you do venture on the roads, Italian drivers are very cycle friendly. I took my road bike (kept safe in a hotel store room) so I could explore mountains that backdrop the hotel: within 5-10 miles you can be climbing on a stunning quite road, snaking upwards for mile upon mile.
The beach on the other side of the road has a specific area for hotel guests (including deck chairs and umbrella) with changing rooms, showers and a bar. The promenade has a long line of shops, bars and ice cream parlours - great for an interesting leisurely walk.
We just loved the whole experience and are already thinking about booking another stay next year!
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